Executive Team

Frederick D. Payne

DWD Commissioner

Fred Payne was appointed Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development in November 2017 and assumed his new role a month later. He leads DWD’s Executive Team in developing, communicating, executing and sustaining the agency’s strategic initiatives, including establishment of key performance indicators.

Mr. Payne came to DWD from Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN), as Chief Administrator where he was responsible for the Business Division, and was one of three senior and executive leaders on the Company Operating Committee. Mr. Payne also served as the company’s Secretary and Compliance Officer.

Mr. Payne joined Honda in 2008 as an attorney in the employment and labor areas. He was named General Counsel and Manager of Corporate Affairs in 2011, and two years later began overseeing the Administration Department. HMIN continued to increase Mr. Payne’s responsibilities, leading him to oversee all of the Business Division, which consisted of the following areas:  Legal, Corporate Affairs, IT, Accounting, Planning, Inclusion & Diversity, Administration and Facilities.

Prior to Honda, Mr. Payne was in private practice, focusing on employment and labor law.

Mr. Payne is a member of the board of directors for the IndyEleven Foundation, Honda Federal Credit Union, Indianapolis Urban League.

He is a graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Grambling State University. Mr. Payne and his wife, Kelly, reside in Indianapolis.


Regina Ashley

Chief Operating Officer

Regina Ashley provides leadership, management and vision to DWD’s workforce team.  She is responsible for leading the workforce team in delivering measurable, cost-effective results that make the agency’s vision a reality.  Ms. Ashley has also served as Interim DWD Commisioner from August to December, 2017, Chief Strategy Officer and Associate Chief Operations Officer of Policy prior to moving to the roles of Interim Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to DWD, Ms. Ashley worked for the Indiana Department of Child Services for eight years, first as Deputy General Counsel and then as Deputy Director of Placement Support and Compliance, where she was responsible for ensuring the safety of over 10,000 children placed in out-of-home care. Prior to joining state government, Ms. Ashley served as a Commissioner for the Marion County Superior Court, Juvenile Division and worked as a civil litigation associate for law firms in Indianapolis, Chicago and St. Louis.

Ms. Ashley grew up in Indianapolis. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and her law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana. Ms. Ashley resides in Indianapolis and is married with three children.


Bill Nonte

Chief of Staff and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Nonte's duties include oversight of various finance, accounting and budgeting activities at the DWD. He also works with the Commissioner and his executive staff to originate, coordinate and execute the focused strategy of the agency.

Prior to joining state government, Mr. Nonte worked as a certified financial planner and advised individuals on ideas for managing their retirement and non-retirement investment portfolios. He was also a certified public accountant where he prepared individual and corporate tax returns and performed audits of financial statements for businesses.

Mr. Nonte is originally from Jasper, Indiana and graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington. He is an avid sports fan and considers golf as one of his favorite pastimes.


Bob Birge

Chief Communications Officer

Mr. Birge’s primary responsibilities include oversight of all internal and external communications for the agency and providing strategic planning and direction of all marketing and messaging initiatives.  Prior to joining DWD, he served as Director of Corporate Communications with Republic Airways, an Indianapolis-based regional airline.  Bob also served in similar roles with technology start-up Blue Pillar, accounting and consulting firm Crowe Horwath, and Indianapolis-based law firm Bingham McHale (now Bingham Greenbaum Doll).

Mr. Birge is a graduate of UCLA, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts, with a major in Motion Picture/Television.

Bob is married with four children and resides on the far northeast side of Indianapolis.

Steve Elliott

Chief Information Officer

Mr. Elliott's responsibilities will include oversight of DWD's existing IT activities and providing the vision to further enhance the availability and usage of data to drive valued outcomes. Prior to joining DWD, he had a successful career of spanning three decades in various IT roles within the pharmaceutical industry.

Mr. Elliot is a graduate of Indiana State University with majors in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Mr. Elliot is an avid golfer and outdoorsman. He is originally from Jasper, IN and has resided in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood in Indianapolis for over 20 years.

Nick Goodwin

Chief Strategy Officer 

Mr. Goodwin works closely with the Commissioner and the Executive Team to develop, communicate, execute and sustain strategic initiatives that improve the quality of workforce development efforts in the state. He is responsible for establishing essential, programmatic performance metrics and creating the culture necessary for the organization to accomplish its strategic objectives.

Prior to joining the Department of Workforce Development, Mr. Goodwin worked as the Deputy Legislative Director and Policy Director in the Office of former-Governor Michael R. Pence. He has served the state in multiple capacities, also working for the Professional Licensing Agency and the House of Representatives.

Mr. Goodwin grew up and currently resides in Indianapolis. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Kate Shelby

Unemployment Insurance Director

Ms. Shelby provides leadership, management and vision to DWD's Unemployment Insurance program. She is a member of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies' Unemployment Insurance Committee.

Prior to joining DWD, Ms. Shelby was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, focusing on special victim and major felony cases.  She also served as a Deputy Attorney General at the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, where she represented the State of Indiana in a variety of matters including civil defense litigation, constitutional challenges and civil enforcement actions. Prior to joining state government, Ms. Shelby worked as a civil litigation attorney in private practice.

Ms. Shelby grew up in Evansville. She earned a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in law and society from Purdue University. She graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University McKinney School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana. Ms. Shelby lives in Brownsburg with her husband and two children. Ms. Shelby enjoys volunteering in her community.